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1 Arrested, 1 Sought In Oakland Restaurant Double Murder

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Two employees were killed in an apparent robbery in an Oakland Wing Stop restaurant. (CBS)

Two employees were killed in an apparent robbery in an Oakland Wing Stop restaurant. (CBS)

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OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Oakland police Tuesday afternoon identified two employees who were gunned down inside a Wingstop restaurant near Lake Merritt late Monday night as 22-year-old Kenneth Bradley and 26-year-old Jose Santa Maria.

The victims, both Richmond residents, were fatally shot at the Wingstop at 528 Lake Park Ave., near Lake Merritt, at about 11:45 p.m.  Monday, according to police.

Officers responded to the eatery after being alerted of an alarm activation there, police said. They found Bradley and Santa Maria with gunshot wounds, and both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Oakland interim Police Chief Sean Whent said at a brief news conference at police headquarters Tuesday morning that the shooting happened inside the restaurant.

Investigators initially said the killings may have occurred during a robbery, but Whent said that does not appear to be the case, based on surveillance video footage and witness statements.

A suspect in the double murder was taken into custody just before 8 a.m. Tuesday in West Oakland, Whent said.

Oakland Police Captain Ersie Joyner said the other suspect was in the process of turning himself in.

“The suspects are cooperating with police which is not the norm,” said Joyner, who called the investigation “unusual.”

Police said the suspects were wearing orange construction site vests when they entered the restaurant roughly 20 minutes before it closes at midnight.

There were four employees and about four or five customers inside.

The double murder is the city’s 46th and 47th murder this year and has prompted a community meeting Wednesday night in the Grand Lake area for merchants and residents.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Police Department’s homicide unit at (510) 238-3821, Crime Stoppers of Oakland at (510) 777-8572 or the tip line at (510) 777-3211.

Those who prefer to send a text message can text “TIP OAKLANDPD,” followed by the message, to 888777.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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